Budget for current and future home modifications
To safely accommodate your loved one, you'll need to rearrange your living space at the very minimum. It's likely you'll also need to install some home modifications, such as grab bars in the shower or possibly wheelchair access. You may even decide to convert a garage into an in-law suite or build an addition onto your home.
When budgeting for the move, consider what you'll need to make your entire family comfortable—now and in the future. If mom has a chronic illness, consider how her long-term health will affect her needs.
Lamont spent about three weeks modifying his current home to accommodate his father, who has Parkinson's Disease. During that time, he installed grab bars, an elevated toilet seat, bed rails and other devices.
"I was surprised to learn it cost $200 to have a grab bar installed," says Lamont. In addition to home modifications, he also spent nearly $2,000 for a mattress that allowed his father to get in and out of bed without assistance. "It not only made him more comfortable, but made both of our lives simpler, so it was worth it."